At first glance it’s not an obvious pairing. One started out as a drummer with a Birmingham punk band. The other was influenced from an early age by the traditional folk music of Northumberland. The common thread is that both ended up busking their way around Europe before eventually joining forces and building a reputation as Germany’s most famous English folk band.
Ex-drummer Mark Bloomer (left) served his traditional apprenticeship during four years playing guitar in sessions in the south of Ireland. Despite his early traditional influences, Andrew Cadie (right) went the other way at first playing rock and pop before joining the Folk and Traditional Music degree course at Newcastle University.
They chose the traditional North East folk tune Broom Bezzums for their band name but play what can best be described as Anglo-Celtic music. And they’ve based themselves in Germany where they’ve twice won the German Rock and Pop Prize. Their music is play-listed on several German national radio stations, has been heavily featured in the music press and lauded in broadsheets.
But they haven’t forgotten their roots, returning to the UK for tours whenever they can and have proved that their unusual yet comfortingly familiar approach to folk music can be a real hit back home too.
We are really pleased to announce that Broom Bezzums will be joining us on the “All Hands On Deck” Danube River Cruise as well as @ Costa Del Folk Portugal